11 Types of Portage Friends

1.  The “Odd” Friend. We all have at least a couple of friends that are off the beaten path.  They don’t just walk to the beat of a different drummer they hear a whole different tune. ...

13 Nightmares of Christmas in Portage

Portage can be a scary place.  Christmas can be stressful and cause anxiety.  Combine the two and you have a recipe for nightmares from your subconscious.  From the Tashiro archives we present 13...

Portage Gets New Live Online Radio Morning Show

  Portage can get the day rolling with an alternative live online radio morning show between 8am and 9am hosted by local DJ Paul Oleynick. Each morning the former award-winning broadcaster musters...

How Far is it to the PCU Centre?

Since before the construction of the PCU centre, there has been this notion that it favoured certain parts of town over others by it's proximity.  Not central enough and so on.  We thought we'd take a...

Nicknames for $1

IN a world where names define us The Hoop & Holler went beyond our given names and dared to sell new identities on the streets of Portage la Prairie. We found willing victims to hand over a lone loonie...

9 Reasons to Visit Oakville This Winter

With the arrival of winter here are the top 9 reasons to visit Oakville in the snow.  Photos are courtesy of the Caddy Halliday Archive. These photos were generously donated to the PCI Archive by Silver...

The “G” is Silent

Dr. Peter Gnanapragasam is a fine vet. Educated at the the Royal Veterinary College in London, he has is Bachelor of Veterinary Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Health, is a Dr. of Veterinary...

New Portage Photo Feature – mEportage

City Hall by morning A long-time viewer of The Hoop and Holler came up with an idea for a submitted photo feature about Portage la Prairie. Well, here it is.  We thought about calling the segment I...

Jake on the Cigar Box

Today, November 5, was "Take Your Kid to Work Day". Well, PCI Grade 9 student Jake Kostuchuk's parents, are both teachers (actually his Mom is a VP at Ecole Arthur Meighen).  Regardless, that's a boring...

Jack and Friends

Halloween 2014 It seemed a little quiet this year. Not as many trick or treaters as usual. Maybe the weather. Maybe they were all at comic-con in Winnipeg. Who knows? We had less than half of last years...

Top 10 Rejected Portage Slogans

The Hoop & Holler went dumpster diving behind City Hall and found a stained napkin with a list of rejected town slogans from the recent quest to find a new town tag-line.  We thought we would bring the...

All that Jazz

This past Friday night at the Ripples art show at the Glesby, saw Bob VandenBroek and Helen White deliver a wicked jazz set.  Something we don't often see in Portage la Prairie.  If jazz is your thing,...

Ripples

This weekend saw the Ripples Art Tour at the Glesby Centre.  Artists from the group as well as guest artists from out of town had their work on display Friday evening and Saturday.  With musical...

CRIME – Let’s not talk about it

The civic election in next week. One issue that seems to not be really on many of the candidates radar is crime. There is a little bit of talk. But not much. One only has to look at the candidates Facebook/web...

Crescent Lake Path Conditions Report

  The Hoop and Holler is excited to introduce another informative and important feature geared to improve your quality of life and mental well-being. Everyday or so we will have our path...

Election Stimulator Episode 1 – Development

With the civic election upon us, we thought it might be a good idea to stir the pot a little bit.  So, we're starting the ELECTION STIMULATOR series.  Designed to hopefully get people talking.  Now is the...

Gardener Sings About His Tomatoes

The garden season is quickly winding down for another year and this is cause for many of us to sing the blues.  Portage has a star gardener who sings gleefully about his tomatoes.  At this time of the year...

Crime Fighter Found in Portage Chicken Coops

The Hoop and Holler recently discovered archival photographs of a long forgotten portage la prairie crime fighter  from the 1970’s called THE CHICKEN MAN!  He takes responsibility for portage’s low...

City To Cash In On Naming Rights Deal

Unconfirmed sources have made unsubstantiated claims the City of Portage la Prairie has struck a large naming rights deal with CBC to update the world’s largest can of Coca-Cola. This summer, Coke...

What Lives In Crescent Lake? Part I: Leeches!

There is a growing movement in Portage to develop Crescent Lake into something much more than it is today.  As part of that conversation, HnH cameras caught up with former Portage la Prairian, Erica Smith, to...

Strange Portage Pay It Forward Campaign Unleashed

The HnH cameras hit the streets of Portage to see if we could create some added promotional support for this year's Potato Festival coming Saturday Aug. 9.  We started the incredibly successful "potato pay it...

Refs Eye-View

This weekend saw the PCU Centre hosting the Roller Derby Manitoba Tobin Tussle tournament. Along with regular tournament play, exhibition games were scheduled between teams Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta, with...